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NOTICE: In-Person Events Limited Due to COVID

In-person MDC events and programs at our nature centers, shooting ranges, and other locations around the state are limited due to COVID-19 considerations. MDC is offering new online programs that allow people to attend virtually. Please check our class listings to see what classes are limited, in-person classes or virtual classes.

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Register by September 23

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Are you interested in attracting monarchs and other pollinators to your own yard? Join the native landscape specialists for a walk around the Discovery Center gardens to see monarchs in action on some of their favorite plants. Monarchs need milkweed as a host plant for their caterpillars, but they also need to feed on native blooms all throughout their migration. Find out what pollinator friendly plants would work in your own yard.

Register by September 23

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs.
Lesson 4: Fishing with Lures and Fishing Regulations combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families how to properly select a fishing lure based on desired fish species, weather and water conditions. In addition, participants will learn how to identify and understand fishing regulations. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 5-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 & 4. Participants do not need a fishing permit to fish during this program.

Participants will be asked to maintain safe social distance from staff and other participants who are not their family membersembers during this program.

Each participant must sign up for this program individually. For assistance with registration please contact the program instructor.

Register by September 24

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs.

Register by September 24

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Tagging monarchs is a large-scale citizen science effort that began in 1992 across North America to understand the dynamics of the fall migration. You will have the opportunity to join the 2020 tagging effort at the Discovery Center. Participants will learn about the value of tagging and use nets to capture, tag and release monarchs.

Register by September 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's pause and enjoy the season of change and beauty, a family scavenger hunt made for a crew or even just one. Stop in at the Discovery Center to get your instructions and your set of challenges. You'll be looking inside and out for some of nature's treasures.

Register by September 25

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Autumn in Missouri is full of wonderful natural color and style. Why not decorate ourselves in this seasonal beauty? We will be learning about Missouri trees and their fall color and using fabric paint, leaf stamps and preserved leaves to decorate an article of clothing (one print per person). Bring in your own shirt (or use fabric pieces provided) and transform it into a colorful forest work of art.

Register by September 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's pause and enjoy the season of change and beauty, a family scavenger hunt made for a crew or even just one. Stop in at the Discovery Center to get your instructions and your set of challenges. You'll be looking inside and out for some of nature's treasures.

Register by September 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's pause and enjoy the season of change and beauty, a family scavenger hunt made for a crew or even just one. Stop in at the Discovery Center to get your instructions and your set of challenges. You'll be looking inside and out for some of nature's treasures.

Register by September 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Let's pause and enjoy the season of change and beauty, a family scavenger hunt made for a crew or even just one. Stop in at the Discovery Center to get your instructions and your set of challenges. You'll be looking inside and out for some of nature's treasures.

Register by September 26

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Peek behind the scenes of the Discovery Center animal exhibits. Join us as we care for our turtles, amphibians and fish and see what these animals eat. A naturalist will be available to answer any of your questions.

Register by October 2

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The transition from summer to fall is taking place. Join our native landscape specialist to talk about tips and tricks to help you enjoy your fall blooms and get your beds ready for winter. Bring your questions about pruning, weeding and maintaining order in your fall garden.

Register by October 2

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) The transition from summer to fall is taking place. Join our native landscape specialist to talk about tips and tricks to help you enjoy your fall blooms and get your beds ready for winter. Bring your questions about pruning, weeding and maintaining order in your fall garden.

Register by October 3

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Fall is the finest time to forage for fruits and nuts of the forest. Come experience our harvest table of wild mushrooms, hickory nuts, walnuts and fruits like pawpaws and persimmons. There will be taste tests and a few wild recipes to try. Dress for the weather. We will be outside for a beautiful crisp fall day!

Register by October 3

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Fall is the finest time to forage for fruits and nuts of the forest. Come experience our harvest table of wild mushrooms, hickory nuts, walnuts and fruits like pawpaws and persimmons. There will be taste tests and a few wild recipes to try. Dress for the weather. We will be outside for a beautiful crisp fall day!

Register by October 3

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (all ages) Fall is the finest time to forage for fruits and nuts of the forest. Come experience our harvest table of wild mushrooms, hickory nuts, walnuts and fruits like pawpaws and persimmons. There will be taste tests and a few wild recipes to try. Dress for the weather. We will be outside for a beautiful crisp fall day!

Register by October 2

Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Join us at the Education Pond to learn about Dutch Oven Cooking and more! We will give a short program on Dutch Oven basics and other outdoor cooking methods, then you will help prepare a delicious meal and dessert. Leave with a happy taste buds and recipes. This program is at the W. Robert Aylward Educational Pond.

Register by October 6

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 18+) Do you have what it takes to be crowned a Nature Trivia Champion? What are the two venomous spiders in Missouri? Do centipedes really have 100 legs? Come answer these questions and more at our second monthly trivia night! Come individually or bring some friends for a night full of fun and carefree competition. A mobile device is required so you or your team can buzz in your answers. Trivia Tuesday will happen on the first Tuesday of every month and will take place...outdoors so bring your chairs, blankets, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks and come fight for the title of Trivia Champion and the awesome prize that comes with it.

Register by October 6

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 0-36 mon)
Don’t miss the fun! Hike out with your little one to the Bethany Falls Trail, voted #1 in Kansas City! “Falls” refer to the unique limestone boulders that we will explore. We’ll stop to play and take pictures.

Register by October 8

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 8:00am to 10:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

This program is designed for those who have had some experience with shotguns. We’ll cover safety, appropriate firearms and ammunition, rules of the game, etiquette on the field, and field layout. Firearms and ammunition will be provided, or you may bring your own. Also, please bring a chair as the class will be held outside on the shotgun range, acknowledging social distancing.

Register by October 10

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 8+) Nature provides incredible inspiration and one-of-a-kind art supplies. Join us as we explore the native habitats at the Discovery Center and gather stems, leaves, berries, nuts, grasses, feathers and other treasures from Fall. Step back inside and use your creative side as you create your own unique nature art!

Register by October 9

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
A seed that stops the heart, a leaf that sheds poisonous daggers, while enjoying Missouri’s great outdoors it is good to know what plants to avoid. Join us for a fun look at Missouri’s plants behaving badly.

Register by October 10

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Registration required (ages 8+) Nature provides incredible inspiration and one-of-a-kind art supplies. Join us as we explore the native habitats at the Discovery Center and gather stems, leaves, berries, nuts, grasses, feathers and other treasures from Fall. Step back inside and use your creative side as you create your own unique nature art!

Register by October 13

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
When we think about autumn colors, we often think of leaves changing from green to red. However, did you know leaves are not the only color changes that happen during fall? Come with us on a colorful exploration of our forever changing natural realm!

Register by October 12

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters only (ages 3-5 with an adult)
When we think about autumn colors, we often think of leaves changing from green to red. However, did you know leaves are not the only color changes that happen during fall? Come with us on a colorful exploration of our forever changing natural realm!

Register by October 9

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Missouri River Masterpiece Autumn Adventure
Registration required (adults only)
Many of us drive over the Missouri River daily without giving it a second thought. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to join in on an exploration of Missouri’s most magnificent natural and cultural resource in a canoe or kayak? Join us to celebrate this incredible masterpiece in our own backyard!
REQUIRED CANOE ORIENTATION: MDC will provide canoes, kayaks, paddles and PFD’s.
Attend the orientation at the Burr Oak Woods Education Pond to learn about Missouri River navigation and to brush up on our canoe strokes before we head out on the river. Must attend to participate in the float.
REGISTER FOR ONE FLOAT ON 10/15/2020

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